Created in 1908 by the “Toulonnais” writer, Jean Aicard, the stories of “Maurin des Maures” were
about a legendary character and in which recounted his many exploits in the forests of the Maures
and down to the Esterel coast. From Bormes, Cogolin to Collobrieres and the Mayons, the hills held
no secrets for him. A renowned hunter, he organised group hunting beats in which participated
notables of the area including the Prefect.
He was very influential in both local and departmental politics. As a poacher accompanied by his
friend, Parlo Soulet, he mystified the local constabulary by the speed of his movements. He more
than enraged the Gendarme Alessandrie, for not only was he unable to stop him, but also because
the dashing hot headed Maurin was his happy rival to conquer the heart of Tonia la Coroise. Many
other beautiful ladies also succumbed to his charms and readily forgot their husbands and their
situation, dazzled by the style and confident poise of our man! Not surprisingly, his successes
aroused a great amount of jealously, and thus slandered and betrayed, he was eventually brought
down by one who loved him but who could not ever forgive him for his infidelities! Never the less,
since then, many are those local habitants who secretly would like to resemble the legendary
But legend or reality?
In the main dining room of the restaurant of “Maurin des Maures”, with a finely cooked meal,
accompanied by a bottle of a local Côte de Provence wine before you, by just raising your eyes, and
gazing at the splendid painting representing Maurins flight and escape from the Gendarme, one
could easily think and believe that certain heroes never die! Constructed at the beginning of the
1920s, the Bar and Tobacco shop was at its origin a place of relaxation for the workers of the new
estate being built. Now days the restaurant welcomes gourmets who come from many kilometres
around to samples its pleasures of the table..
Générique de la série TV “Maurin des Maures”